- Associated Press - Sunday, December 14, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A research project that examines the experiences and attitudes of Coos County youth and young adults has received a grant of nearly $128,000 grant from a charitable fund that supports organizations in northern New Hampshire and surrounding areas.

The Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire in Durham received the grant from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

Its Tracking Changes in the North County Research is now in its fifth year.

“Thanks to this ongoing study, there is a growing body of data on what motivates Coos youth and young adults,” said Kirsten Scobie, director of the Tillotson Funds. “For example, we know that mentor relationships have a huge impact on whether or not a child believes he or she will graduate from college. Practitioners and community volunteers can use this information to make better decisions for our children and their future.”

The grant is one of 14 totaling nearly $1.2 million awarded to municipal, educational and nonprofit groups.

The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund is one of the largest permanent rural philanthropies in the country, distributing $3 million in grants annually.

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